Moving Along

Things finally seem to moving along for me at the moment. I have managed to procure myself a job with the Highways agency working for them in their Maidstone Office as part of the Network Control Centre team.

Working for Highways Agency is finally a job that I love doing, and it involves office work, which is what I have been wanting to do for quiet a long time now. The job basically entails taking calls from the roadworks crews out on jobs and logging them in and out. Taking calls from the police and other agencies, and raising jobs for the crews to attend to such as potholes, clean ups from crashes and damage to network property all along the Area 4 routes.

The systems they are using have been taking a while to get used to and it requires a lot of input when creating a job from a call for the crews to go out and attend. Over time I’ll be able to pick it all up and I wont be so worried about making mistakes. Thankfully I’ve only made 2 mistakes so far which were easily fixable since I’ve started, which is damn good considering that there is no formal training on how to use the software. You have to learn everything on the job so if you’ve not dealt with something yet you wont know what to do. Personally I think this is a bad idea!

Merry Christmas to me!

Today I received one of the best presents ever: 11 days of time with my children.

I travelled to Winchester today and picked Ryan and Chloé up at 3pm. We stopped at Cobham services for a toilet break and had a long awaited coffee caramel frappuccino which I shared with the kids. Chloé doesn’t like it so she had a cup of water. We finally got back to Kent by 7.

I’m so happy that I get the next few days with them.

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It got a bit windy!

It seems to have been a bit windy here in the UK last night. The wind seems to have taken out my mum’s fence!WP_20131224_001Thankfully though this is nothing compared to what others have faced around the UK with the floods, power outages, damaged properties and deaths etc. It’s a scary place out there at the moment! Trees falling down everywhere blocking roads. People being trapped in their cars because of floods and having to be rescued by the fire department.

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A lot has changed

As you can guess by the title of this post a lot has changed. Sadly I split with Katie in August after 10 years of being together. I wont go into details, but lets just say that the break up went quite badly. As a result I am now living with my parents in Sittingbourne with no job.

Sadly since the breakup I have only seen my children once, which was in November. As you may or may not know, my children are the purpose of my life. To see them as little as I do is very hard for me. I am comfortable with myself enough to say that I find myself crying because I miss them so much. They were a huge part of my life and i miss them greatly.

WP_20130725_021Thankfully, this doesn’t seem to heading down the way of the courts. Katie has said I can see and be with the kids whenever I want.

We have both agreed that I will be picking the kids up on Christmas day and bring them back to my Mum’s until they go back to school on the 6th January, which is awesome news, because it would have been almost two months since I last saw them. Having no job means I have to rely on Katie to provide petrol, which means I don’t get to see them anywhere as near as much as I would like to.

Hopefully all goes well and I manage to get a job soon, because if I don’t I wont be able to keep my car for much longer as it’s costing £300 a month just to keep it sitting in the driveway, which thankfully I’m not paying for! So far I have applied for just over 90 jobs with no success. Heres hoping the new year provides for me because I’m sick of not working and I really want to keep my car!